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Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is made up of well-established academic colleagues who have similar interests to ours and work in law schools around the world. We are delighted to have forged sustainable partnerships with them throughout various projects, and are extremely grateful for their multifaceted contribution to the activities of the Unit.

Professor Alberto Alemanno

Alberto is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law in Paris, where he directs the EU Public Interest Clinic. Alberto’s research has been centred on the role of - and need for – evidence and public input in domestic and supranational policymaking across policy fields, notably public health and international trade. His most recent work focuses on democratizing decision-making through the opening up of new avenues of citizen participation within the EU public policy space and beyond. His last book is ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ (Iconbooks, 2017). He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the leading journal at the interface of global law, science and public policy, published by Cambridge University Press. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he regularly provides advice to a variety of NGOs and governments across the world, as well as international organisations. Alberto is a regular contributor to Bloomberg, Le Monde, and Politico Europe and his work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Science, and the Financial Times. Originally from Italy, Alberto is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the College of Europe and holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University. He was nominated Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015.

Professor Marie-Eve Arbour

Marie-Eve is Full Professor at the Law Faculty and currently Research and Graduate Studies Vice Dean at the Université Laval (Québec), where she teaches consumer law and legal methodology, including comparative law. Lately, her research work revolves around Quebec's legal identity, product safety and liability law and comparative neighbourhood disturbances. Along with Lara Khoury, she carries on an international research program that involves ten universities and as much collaborators (‘Structuring Product Safety and Liability: Normative Spirals Through Integrated Markets, Science and Law’, SSHRC, Insight 2015-2020). She holds the Italian idoneità in private comparative law where she taught from 2006 to 2010 (Università del Salento). She visited Fordham Law School (New York, 2012), Washington & Lee Law School (Virginia, 2014) and was recently involved in the Master of Laws in International Trade Law at the International Training Centre of the ILO (2018).

Dr Oscar A Cabrera

Oscar is the Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a foreign-trained attorney who earned his law degree in his home country of Venezuela, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with concentration in Health Law and Policy, at the University of Toronto (Oscar was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Law and Policy Fellowship for his LLM). Before starting his Masters Degree program, Oscar worked as an Associate at a Venezuelan law firm (d'Empaire Reyna Bermúdez). Oscar has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has also worked directly with governments and civil society organizations in health law reform processes, and has been actively engaged in different litigation initiatives.  He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, health rights litigation, tobacco control and the intersection of law and NCDs.

Professor Sofia Charvel

Sofía is a Mexican public health lawyer and constitutional law professor at ITAM University in México City. Sofía got her law degree from ITAM University (honors), and her masters and PhD in Law form Universidad Panamericana (honors) in México City. Sofía directs the Public Health Law Program at ITAM were she works analyzing: health and human rights, health public policies, the judicialization of the right to health, tobacco and obesity regulation. Sofía has worked as reviewer and editor of health realted papers and books. Sofia is author of several national and international papers and book chapters about health policy and regulatory implications. She has dictated lectures and conferences at national and international congresses and universities. Currently Sofía is conducting two health law projects funded with a national grant to determine the characteristics of judicialization of the right to health in México and to analyze prioritization of health care strategies in different countries. She is part of the Editors Council of Fontamara Editors collection on Health, Law and Bioethics. She presides the Mexican World Bank Committee on judicialization of the right to health as part of the Saluderecho initiative.

Professor Richard Daynard

Richard founded the Tobacco Products Liability Project - which seeks to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the millions of premature deaths its products and behavior cause - in 1984, and is President of the Public Health Advocacy Institute. He has taught at Northeastern University in Boston since 1969, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor of Law. He has spoken in 56 countries about tobacco control and obesity issues, and has written more than 80 articles on these subjects. He has degrees in law, sociology, urban studies, and philosophy.

Professor Asbjørn Eide

Asbjørn is Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, founder and first Director of the Centre. Former member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (former name: Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities) for 20 years. As member of the Sub-Commission, he was entrusted with a number of special tasks: He was the Sub-Commission’s and thus the UN’s first Special rapporteur on The Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right (published by the then United Nations Centre for Human Rights as its Study Series, No.1, in 1989), and Special rapporteur on Peaceful and constructive ways of handling situations involving minorities. He was the first chair of the Sub-Commission’s working group on the rights of indigenous peoples (1982-1983) and Chairman of the Sub-Commission’s working group on minorities (1995–2004). He was the Chairman of the Sub-Commission 1996. He has also been President of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on the Rights of National Minorities. He chaired the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture 2000 to 2007. He has published extensively on human rights in general and on economic and social rights and minority rights in particular. He is a Knight of The Royal Norwegian St. Olav’s Order for his work in peace and conflict research and human rights promotion.

Nicole Foster (neé Clarke)

Nicole is an Attorney-at-Law and Law Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies (‘the UWI’). She holds a LL.B degree from the UWI and two LL.M degrees in international law/international organisations from the University of Cambridge and Washington College of Law, American University respectively. She is a former diplomat who acted as Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN and the WTO from 1999 to 2005, and was involved in, inter alia, the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Doha Ministerial Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health as well as the EC – Sugar dispute. Since her return to Barbados, she has maintained her involvement in international trade diplomacy, acting as a resource person and consultant for the Barbados Government, FAO, the WTO and various non-governmental agencies. She is a member of the Indicative List of Arbitrators to hear disputes under the CARIFORUM – EU Economic Partnership Agreement and is also Policy Advisor to Healthy Caribbean Coalition (‘HCC’), a regional civil society organisation dealing with the prevention and management of NCDs. Her work within HCC focuses primarily on international trade policy, international trade negotiations and the intersection between trade and health/NCDs.

Dr Marine Friant-Perrot

Marine is a Maître de Conference at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Nantes, which she joined in 1999. She is habilitated to supervise PhD research (HDR). She is the author of several contributions in consumer law, food law, and health law, published in national and international journals. She has co-written with Amandine Garde several articles as well as an expert report for the French Public Health Agency on food marketing to children and the role of law in preventing childhood obesity and related NCDs. She has participated in training initiatives for the World Health Organisation, and is a member of the “Law, Science and Technology” and “Trans Europe Expert” networks, and also of the International Association for Consumer Law.

Professor Mette Hartlev

Mette is a professor of health law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and head of the WELMA research centre which specialises on legal studies in welfare and market integration. She has a PhD and a LL.D in law, from the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests focus on health law (including public health law), patients’ rights, health and human rights, biomedical research, and law, science and technology studies. She has published extensively on these issues. Currently, she is a research partner of the interdisciplinary research project – Governing Obesity – where her main research interest is government’s obligation to prevent obesity and protect obese persons from stigma and discrimination. She has previously participated in several research projects funded by the EU-Commission and national research foundations and is a member of the editorial board of European Journal of Health Law. She also chairs the management board of the Danish Anti-Doping Agency and is the vice chair of the Danish National Committee of Research Ethics.

Dr Alexandra Jones

Alexandra is Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, where she leads the Food Policy Division’s program on regulatory strategies to prevent diet-related disease.

Ali’s current research interests include front-of-pack nutrition labelling, fiscal policies to improve diets, product reformulation, restrictions on unhealthy marketing, the interaction of international trade law and health, and the transition to healthy and sustainable food systems.

Ali has previously worked on global tobacco control, and in health and human rights. She holds a LL.M. in Global Health Law from Georgetown Law (Washington, D.C. USA), and a BA/LLB from the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2019, she completed a Ph.D. exploring nutrition labelling regulation worldwide.

Professor Lara Khoury

Lara is an Associate Professor at the McGill University Faculty of law, an associate member of the Institute for Health & Social Policy and an elected associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She was the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law from 2015 to 2017. She is also a member of McGill’s Institute of Comparative Law and a Research Scholar at the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. She co-convenes the McGill Research Group on Health and Law. She teaches and conducts research in the fields of comparative Medical, Public Health and Environmental Law, with a particular focus on liability issues. She is the author of "Uncertain Causation in Medical Liability" (Hart Publishing, Oxford and Yvon Blais, Cowansville) which received the 2004 Prix Minerve and the 2008 Quebec Bar Foundation Prize. Lara Khoury has completed a doctoral (D.Phil) degree at the University of Oxford, from where she also holds a master’s degree (B.C.L.).

Jonathan Liberman

Jonathan Liberman is the Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer. Jonathan is a lawyer with over twenty years' experience in legal and policy research, advice, training and technical support relating to cancer control at both domestic and global levels. His work covers a wide range of issues relating to cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research.

Under Jonathan’s leadership, the McCabe Centre has become a WHO Collaborating Centre for Law and Non-Communicable Diseases; a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Knowledge Hub; and established an international legal training program that builds capacity and expertise in the use of law for the prevention and control of cancer and other NCDs, particularly in the context of developing policy coherence between health, trade, investment, human rights and sustainable development.

Jonathan has published extensively on the relationships between law and cancer control, and co-edited two books (with Professors: Tania Voon and Andrew Mitchell), Public Health and Plain Packaging of Cigarettes: Legal Issues, and Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues. Jonathan was a member of the Australian Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Plain Packaging, and is a member of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Working Group on Social Inequalities and Cancer. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School.

Professor Caoimhín MacMaolain

Caoimhín is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of UCD (BCL, LLM) and DCU (PhD). He previously lectured at the University of Northampton and held a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Integration at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on the way in which the production and sale of food is regulated by EU and International law. He has written two books on this subject, both published by Hart: Bloomsbury. He is currently researching and writing a third book, which is specifically on Irish Food Law. He has also published a number of book chapters and articles in the leading international journals in the field, including the European Law Review, the Common Market Law Review, the European Journal of Consumer Law, European Public Law and the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Professor Andrew Mitchell

Andrew is Professor at Melbourne Law School, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Director of the Global Economic Law Network, a member of the Indicative List of Panelists to hear WTO disputes, and a member of the Energy Charter Roster of Panelists. He consults for States, international organisations and the private sector. Andrew has taught law in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the US and is the recipient of four major grants from the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. He has published over 130 academic books and journal articles and is a Series Editor of the Oxford University Press International Economic Law Series, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International Economic Law and a General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. He has law degrees from Melbourne, Harvard and Cambridge and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Dr Katharina Ó Cathaoir

Katharina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She researches and lectures within the field of health and human rights, with a focus on prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases. Katharina was previously part of an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Copenhagen – Governing Obesity – that sought to provide societal solutions to obesity. Within the project, she wrote her PhD in law, where she researched the extent to which states are under obligations to limit unhealthy food marketing to children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Katharina holds an LLM in International Law from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Law (with Irish) from University College Cork. Katharina has previously worked as a judicial researcher (law clerk) at the Irish Four Courts and as an advisor to Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York), as well as a Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University. Her primary research interests include rights and responsibilities in the context of health, in particular using law to promote good population health and the associated legal and ethical challenges.

Professor Jennifer L Pomeranz

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Policy and Management in the College of Global Public Health at New York University. Her research focuses on public health law and policy. She is especially interested in policy and legal options to address the food environment, obesity, products that cause public harm, and social injustices that lead to health disparities. Ms. Pomeranz authored over fifty peer-reviewed and law review journal articles and a book, Food Law for Public Health, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She was previously the Director of Legal Initiatives at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Ms. Pomeranz is the Policy Chair of the Law Section of the American Public Health Association. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Professor Michael T. Roberts

Michael is the founding Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He is well versed in a broad range of legal and policy issues from farm to fork in local, national, and global food supply systems. He has authored the first major treatise on food law, titled, Food Law in the United States, published by Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editor of Food Law & Policy, a new casebook published by Wolters Kluwer. He has also written several other chapters and articles on food law topics. He is particularly interested in how the conveyance of information to consumers about food is regulated, the intersection between public health and food regulation, and in the history and development of food law.

Professor Brigit Toebes

Brigit is an Adjunct Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. Brigit is a legal scholar with twenty years of experience in the field of health and human rights, and she has published widely in the field (see here). In 2015 she established Global Health Law Groningen (GHLG), a Research Centre that focuses on the protection of health under international law. An overarching research theme in the centre concerns the global rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the regulation of behavioural risk factors, in particular tobacco use and unhealthy diets. With funding from the Dutch Cancer Society she is conduct research concerning the rights of children to a tobacco free environment. She is an ongoing consultant to various organizations, including for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and the WHO.

Professor Tania Voon

Tania is Professor at Melbourne Law School and was previously Associate Dean (Research). She is a former Legal Officer of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat and has practised law in the public and private sectors and taught at the National University of Singapore, Georgetown University, and several Australian and Canadian universities. Tania undertook her LLM at Harvard Law School and her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She has written extensively on the relationship between international economic law and public health, including in relation to access to medicines and the regulation of common risk factors for non-communicable diseases (tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy diet), often in collaboration with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer. Tania is co-editor of the Oxford University Press International Economic Law Series and a member of the Roster of Panelists for the Energy Charter Treaty and of the Indicative List of Governmental and Non-Governmental Panelists for resolving WTO disputes.

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